In Case You Missed It: California Budget & Policy Center Issues Report Highlighting Positive Impacts of Prop. 30 on California

SACRAMENTO – The California Budget & Policy Center today issued a report,“What has Proposition 30 Meant for California?,” looking at the impacts Proposition 30 has had on the state. The issue brief highlights a number of significant and positive effects Proposition 30, passed by voters in 2012 at the height of the recession, has had on education and services in California.

The issue brief details what Proposition 30 did, how taxpayers are impacted, and how it has played a critical role in stabilizing public investment through the state budget. Specially, the report found that Prop. 30 has:

  • Helped the state to reinvest in preschool, K-12 schools, and community colleges. It notes, that since voters passed Prop. 30, Prop. 98 K-12 spending per student has increased by more than 14 percent. Furthermore, the average number of annual instructional days in California schools has increased and the number of K-12 students per teacher in California has decreased since voters approved Prop. 30.
  • Allowed for some reinvestment in other public services after years of cuts.
  • Boosted rainy day fund deposits and debt repayment.

Among the findings, the brief points out that “Prop. 30 raises a significant amount of revenue. In 2016-17, Prop. 30 is projected to raise $7.7 billion nearly equal to General Fund spending in the 2016- 17 budget for the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), and college financial aid combined ($7.9 billion).”

The notable report concludes that, “Prop. 30 helped California to begin reinvesting in its people and communities after the cuts made during and following the Great Recession. The looming loss of Prop. 30 revenues means California policymakers and voters must figure out how to fill the gap or face difficult choices about which public services and systems to prioritize and which to reduce or eliminate.”

This report is the first of a two part series of briefs. The next report will look at will discuss what Prop. 55 would do and what it would mean for the state.

A link to the full report can be found here